The Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson pinched a winner deep in injury time while the All White forward Marco Rojas also scored to secure a pulsating 2-1 A-League derby triumph over crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart.
Rojas' 67th-minute goal was a wonderfully-worked move sweeping through Thompson, Gui Finkler and Mark Milligan before the New Zealander finished sweetly.
But the Heart looked to have earned a share of the points when skipper Fred leapt high to meet a superb Michael Marrone cross and finish.
Then the Heart lost possession in the middle of the park in injury time, Rojas grabbed the ball and sent a slide-rule pass to Thompson, whose shot hit the crossbar and crept just inside before Heart defender Aziz Behich thumped it out in vain.
Elsewhere, Newcastle reclaimed a top-six spot with a 2-1 win over a struggling Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium to leave the Sky Blues remain anchored to the bottom.